God Awakens Hope through a Gracious Redeemer

Sermon from Ruth 2 by Bret Rogers, Pastor
Series: Ruth: From Emptiness to Fullness (Part 2 of 4)
Delivered on December 4, 2016

I find it astonishing that some Bible teachers refuse to preach the Old Testament. They say that since we’re a new covenant people, the New Testament should be the steady diet of the church. But chapter one from Ruth was such a feast last week. We would do well to remember that the Old Testament is also our Christian Scripture. Second Timothy 3:16 says, “all Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” Continue reading

God Brings Bread to Bethlehem

Sermon from Ruth 1 by Bret Rogers, Pastor
Ruth: From Emptiness to Fullness (Part 1 of 4)
Delivered on November 27, 2016

Ruth is a great little story. Like any good story, it has its main characters—Naomi, Ruth, Boaz. It has rising tensions in the plot, a love story developing on the side, its own knight in shining armor. But Ruth is more than just a story; it’s revelation. It’s God’s self-revelation. In and through this story, we come to know the divine Author and Director of history. The Lord God himself guides everything in the story to his desired end, an end that displays his kindness to sinners, an end that advances his purpose in Christ for the world, and therefore an end that affects you and me. Continue reading

Singleness: Securing Undivided Devotion to the Lord

Sermon from Isaiah 56:3-8; Matthew 19:12; 1 Corinthians 7 by Bret Rogers, Pastor
Series: Glorifying God in Marriage & Singleness (Part 4)
Delivered on November 13, 2016

So far we’ve spent three weeks in a marriage series, and I’m concluding it with a message on singleness. Just because the message will be tailored for our singles doesn’t mean the rest of you should check out. We are one body in Christ, and in order to love one another well, there are things we need to know about each other whatever place God has us. Continue reading

The Peace, Power, Pattern, & Promise for Marriages

Sermon from Ephesians; Hosea 1-3 by Bret Rogers
Series: Glorifying God in Marriage & Singleness (Part 3)
Delivered on November 6, 2016

We continue our series on marriage today. We’ve traced marriage from creation to consummation. And we saw that God created marriage to image Christ’s union with his people. Then we looked at the husband’s role in headship and the wife’s complementary role in submission. I tried to illustrate this as a dance. The husband leading, the wife following, the two delighting in each other—and as they delight, their marriage in this age points to Christ’s union with his people in the age to come. Continue reading

Christ, Our Righteousness: The Doctrine of Imputation

Sermon from Romans 5:12, 18-19; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 3:9 by Bret Rogers
Reformation Sunday
Delivered on October 30, 2016

Let me set the stage for where we’re going. It is Reformation Sunday. Next year on October 31 it’ll be 500 years since Martin Luther hung his Ninety-Five Theses on the door of the Wittenburg Castle Church. They weren’t written to divide the church, but to call the church to repentance where she had grossly erred in doctrine and practice. But not being received that way, it inspired the Protestant Reformation. Continue reading

Complementary Roles in Marriage

Sermon from Selected Texts by Bret Rogers
Series: Glorifying God in Marriage & Singleness
Delivered on October 23, 2016

Let’s open again to Genesis 2. Last Sunday we started a short series on marriage and singleness. We traced marriage from creation to consummation. We saw that God created marriage to image Christ’s union with his people.[i] Today we get more specific. We’re looking at the complementary roles of husband and wife. Specifically, the husband’s role in headship and the wife’s role in submission. Continue reading

A Biblical Theology of Marriage

Sermon from Gen 2, Ezek 16, Eph 5, Rev 19 by Bret Rogers, Pastor
Series: Glorifying God in Marriage & Singleness (Part 1 of 4)
Delivered on October 16, 2016

We’ll begin in Genesis and end in Revelation this morning, developing a biblical theology of marriage. The Bible is a book that begins with a marriage, between Adam and Eve, and ends with a marriage, between Christ and his people. Marriage becomes a key analogy to understanding God’s plan to save his people, and even God’s purpose for the world. Continue reading

Gospel Truth & the Church’s Role in the Saint’s Perseverance

Sermon from James 5:19-20 by Bret Rogers, Pastor
Series: James: Living the Implanted Word
Delivered on October 9, 2016

A New People with a New Speech

I mentioned this last week, but I need to repeat it to give us some context. As the gospel of Jesus advances among all peoples, the Holy Spirit transforms people. One fruit of gospel-transformation is a people with a new speech (Jas 1:26; 3:13-18). The world is full of sinful speech—angry remarks, quarreling, fighting, cursing, grumbling (Jas 1:19; 3:10; 4:1; 5:9). All of us were once part of that rebellious world. When sin rules the soul, people don’t use their mouths to glorify God and serve others. Continue reading

A Church Filled with Righteous Words: Praise, Prayer, Confession

Sermon from James 5:13-18 by Bret Rogers, Pastor
Series: James: Living the Implanted Word
Delivered on October 2, 2016

Thank you, Ben, for leading us in the word the last four weeks, and setting before us God’s story for the nations. That story did not end with last Sunday’s message. The passage before us has everything to do with God’s story for the nations. In particular, it shows us what happens when a people among the nations embraces the gospel of Jesus. Continue reading